The Serpent and the Rainbow

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Released 1988

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Director:
Wes Craven
Released:
1988
Rating:
R

The Serpent and the Rainbow is another terrifying exercise in rubber reality from horror maven Wes Craven. Adapted from the non-fiction book by Wade Davis, the action takes place in civil unrest Haiti where ethno botanist Dennis Alan (Bill Pullman, Independence Day) travels on a mission to acquire a strange drug said to induce zombification, which has huge potential as a pharmaceutical marketed anesthetic. Aided by a beautiful physician (Cathy Tyson), a friendly nightclub owner (Paul Winfield), and a local witch doctor (Brent Jennings), the revolutionaries are plagued at all turns by evil paramilitary commander cum black magic voodoo priest Captain Peytraud (Zakes Mokae, Cry Freedom), who wants to drive Alan out of Haiti at all costs and through any means necessary. Tensions escalate until Alan finds himself a victim of the very powder he so desperately sought and is buried alive while under the influence of the mysterious drug. This all leads up to an explosive climax in which Alan and Peytraud face off in a surreal voodoo battle for the imprisoned souls of Haiti's zombified victims.

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Drama, Horror, Suspense

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Supernatural, Thrillers